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Review: 'Prince' feels like 'Indiana Jones'

May 28, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
George Pennacchio says "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is an "Indiana Jones" for teenage boys.In "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," you know there's a kiss coming. And you know good is going to prevail over evil, it's just a matter of how.

The movie is a special effects-filled adventure. Star Jake Gyllenhaal shares top billing with the movie's other true star: the action.

There is a story to "Prince of Persia" involving brotherhood, a villain in disguise, and a priceless magical dagger. But the cat-and-mouse, action-filled aspect of this movie is what I cared more about watching.

The film is aimed at a younger audience. If I had to sum it up in a sentence, it is an "Indiana Jones" for teenage boys with romance, and Gyllenhaal thrown in for the teenage girls.

Gyllenhaal shows there's an action hero in him -- he just goes for it.

Rising star Gemma Arterton, the film's leading lady, can seduce you with her voice.

The one thing I didn't expect was a nice dose of comedy to balance all the other stuff. And it's clear the stars enjoy that as much as we do.

"Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.